Lawmakers return to the State Capitol after their Passover/Easter break with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided over tax increases — and a mid-May deadline to wrap up the state budget. House DFLers propose a top-income tax increase, with money raised going for…

“Meaningful investments to support those who are most impacted by COVID: students, workers, families, and small businesses.”

…House Speaker, Democrat Melissa Hortman.   Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says about tax increases…

“That’s the last thing we need right now.   Typically that’s the small business owner that had to go all through this very difficult year of COVID shutdown.   They’re the ones that they (Democrats) want to raise the taxes on.”

Democrats respond any tax increase would be on large corporations and the wealthiest Minnesotans, who they say have generally done well during the pandemic.